The Texans notched a signature victory by knocking off the Patriots 28-22 on “Sunday Night Football.”
Led by a strong defensive performance and stellar play from quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans finally ended their losing streak against the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Houston had been unable to knock off the AFC powerhouse for the past decade; it last defeated Tom Brady and New England in Week 17 of the 2009 season. The Texans ended the eight-game drought (including the playoffs) in impressive fashion Sunday night, with four passing touchdowns (three by Watson, who caught the other from DeAndre Hopkins on a wild play) against a Patriots defense that had allowed four passing touchdowns all season.
New England opened the scoring with a Kai Forbath field goal on its opening drive, but Houston was quick to answer. Watson logged a pair of touchdown throws on consecutive drives while the Houston defense frustrated Brady into a flurry of incompletions and pressures. Brady finished the first half with 7-of-19 passing for 82 yards and an interception.
Brady settled in as the game progressed and finally energized a Patriots team that didn’t look like the one-loss division leader that it was coming into the night. Still, New England (10-2) was unable to provide much drama until Julian Edelman caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Brady with 55 seconds remaining to cut the Texans’ lead to six. The Patriots failed to recover the ensuing onside kick, however.
The Texans (8-4) remain alone atop the AFC South standings with the win, one game ahead of the Titans, while the Ravens overtake the Patriots for the AFC’s No. 1 seed.
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Patriots vs. Texans score
Patriots vs. Texans scoring plays
7:07 — Kai Forbath 23-yard field goal (Patriots 3-0)
0:38 — Duke Johnson 14-yard reception from Deshaun Watson (Texans 7-3)
6:26 — Darren Fells 13-yard reception from Deshaun Watson (Texans 14-3)
5:49 — Kenny Stills 35-yard reception from Deshaun Watson (Texans 21-3)
0:17 — James White 12-yard reception from Tom Brady (Texans 21-9)
9:58 — Deshaun Watson 6-yard reception from DeAndre Hopkins (Texans 28-9)
3:49 — James White 11-yard reception from Tom Brady (Texans 28-15)
0:55 — Julian Edelman 20-yard reception from Tom Brady (Texans 28-22)
Patriots vs. Texans updates, highlights
Texans — 28
Patriots — 22
(All times Eastern)